Subject: Re: crux of the essence
From: Simon Cozens <>
Date: Thu, 25 Oct 2001 07:12:27 +0100

On Wed, Oct 24, 2001 at 08:59:41PM -0400, Ryan wrote:
> Yes, and when was the last time you were in a run-of-the-mill workplace and
> observed that the aforementioned level of "productivity" was the result of
> a uniformly honest, decent population being pressed to the limits of their
> creativity and efficiency?

If you believe Adam Smith, it doesn't actually matter.

    Every individual necessarily labours to render the annual revenue of the
    society as great as he can. He generally neither intends to promote the
    public interest, nor knows how much he is promoting it...He intends only
    his own gain, and he is in this, as in many other cases, led by an
    invisible hand to promote an end which was no part of his intention.  Nor
    is it always the worse for society that it was no part of his intention.
    By pursuing his own interest he frequently promotes that of the society
    more effectually than when he really intends to promote it.

Also note that i knew  _far_ more about the people that call address
mungers names like 'lusers', 'egoists' or try to make luser giraffes.
        -- Megahal (trained on asr), 1998-11-06